Monday, 20 October 2014 - 10:43

October 20th, 2014—PRETORIA: Patients, doctors and members of civil society meet today with government experts to plot a course for quickly reforming South Africa’s patent laws, so that people can access the life-saving medicines they need at affordable prices. The National Summit on Intellectual Property (IP) and Access to Medicines in Pretoria was organised by the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) which is leading the “Fix the Patents Laws’ coalition of 13 other civil society organisations.
“My husband took out two loans amounting to R70,000 and my father felt it was his duty...

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Thursday, 16 October 2014 - 16:55

Media are invited to a National Summit on Intellectual Property (IP) and Access to Medicines organised by the “Fix the Patent Laws” campaign (led by the Treatment Action Campaign and a coalition of 13 civil society organisations) in Pretoria, on Monday, 20th October 2014.
One year after the public comment period closed on the draft policy, the government has yet to produce a final policy that will prevent abusive practices by pharmaceutical companies...

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Thursday, 2 October 2014 - 15:41

Over a hundred community health workers (CHW)’s  and the members of the Treatment Action Campaign  appeared at the Bloemfontein Magistrate’s Court today, regarding their criminal charges following their arrest at a peaceful vigil on 10 July 2014. The 129 community health care worker’s case was postponed to the 29th of January 2015.
The postponement is meant for the prosecution to provide the CHW’s the evidence against them and for the CHW’s to make representations to the National Director of Public Prosecutions, Mr Mxolisi Nxasana,  that the charges should be unconditionally...

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Tuesday, 30 September 2014 - 17:32

30 September 2014 - The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) takes note of media reports today that we “face closure”. In response we have received many calls of support and concern. We would like to state that despite severe financial challenges, the TAC is not facing imminent closure. However if we have not raised the funding required by February 2015 we will have to make tough decisions.
The downscaling or closure of the TAC would be a major setback to our democracy and to South Africa’...

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Friday, 26 September 2014 - 15:09

26 September 2014, Pretoria – Twenty years ago the then AIDS Law Project (ALP) wrote its first letter to the Minister of Defence and the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) challenging the practice of mandatory HIV testing and its continued refusal to deploy people living with HIV.
In the subsequent years the SANDF has continued to stigmatise and discriminate against countless men and women in its employ. It has chosen to ignore the growing body of medical evidence that people with HIV are capable of all forms of employment, including those demanding...

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